• Burn After Reading (2008)

Burn After Reading

Release Date: September 12th, 2008

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 2008

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst (John Malkovich) falls into the hands of Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) and Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt), the two gym employees see a chance to make enough money for her to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo doofuses and those in their orbit.

Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche

Director: Joel Coen , Ethan Coen

Genres: Comedy drama , Thriller

Production Co: Working Title Films

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Friend , Murder , Car , Escape , Temptation , 2000s , Quest , Witty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A goofy screwball romp that affords a gaggle of A-listers the chance to hambone around in antic style. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    It's a cheerful trifle tossed off by the Coen brothers in their self-enchanted mode, an approach to comedy that shrugs off comedy's cardinal rule -- Don't Act Funny. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Joel and Ethan Coen clearly are in a prankish mood, knocking out a minor piece of silliness with all the trappings of an A-list studio movie. show more

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Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)